Center classes are a fun, rewarding, and engaging experience for kids to learn chess in a focused classroom setting. Our certified chess coaches will work with your student to develop their chess ability and also help them develop maturity and learn life lessons through their efforts. An emphasis on ‘life skills’ is at the core of what we do at Chess4Life.
We believe that one of the keys to ensuring that students have a great time while learning and building confidence and self-esteem is having a culture that celebrates success. Students will experience this value in all of our programs as they learn chess and life skills which will prepare them to excel in chess and life.
Chess classes are structured around six progressive levels of chess knowledge that guide students from the basics to a more advanced understanding of the game of chess.
Where Do I Start?
Prior to enrollment in chess classes, each new students existing knowledge and understanding of how to play chess is explored via a free private lesson. This one time, 45 minute private lesson is conducted one-on-one with a certified Chess4Life coach. Once completed we are able to provide detailed feedback on your child’s areas of strength and identify areas for growth. We will then recommend the level from the tiered Chess4Life curriculum that we feel is most appropriate for your child to begin their chess education.
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Six Levels of Curriculum
Center classes are built around the Chess4Life Curriculum developed by National Master Elliott Neff and our team of accomplished chess coaches. Students will work through a wide variety of topics from basic knowledge to advanced tactics. The Chess4Life Curriculum has six progressive levels: Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, and King.
In the Knight Level, students learn the basics of chess tactics, how to recognize tactical patterns, and how to think two moves ahead. Students understand draws and develop skill at finishing and winning a game with checkmate. Learning these key elements develops the next layer of knowledge and skill that prepares a student for planning ahead.
Students in the Bishop Level learn to create plans, identify targets and goals, gain understanding of piece relationships, look three moves ahead, calculate variations, and consider their opponent’s defense. All of this is helping a student learn the essentials of basic planning, whether in life or chess.
Students in the Rook Level become strong in tactics and look 4+ moves ahead. They can identify key imbalances, formulate long-term plans, understand more complex endgames, and even develop the ability to visualize the chess board & pieces to the point of playing chess blindfolded! While developing a student’s skill much further, this level also brings in key elements that are essential to understanding the deep strategic thinking that will be experienced in the Queen level.
In the Queen Level, students learn to apply the imbalances with deeper understanding, utilize tactical motifs, and leverage their significant visualization skills that allow them to create powerful plans in any position. In life as much as in chess, the skill to evaluate ones’ position (strengths as well as weaknesses) – to develop the Dream or Goal of where one wants to go based on ones’ position – to then be able to make GREAT choices in order to achieve that Dream or Goal – this is what makes this level an outstanding achievement for all.
Students in the King Level work towards becoming a Chess Master. They learn opening repertoires that tie into middlegame plans, develop deep calculation ability, and advanced endgame strategies. They also learn self-analysis, chess psychology, and high level study habits. Students who choose to work through this level develop the experience of what commitment to long-term goals, consistent study, and disciplined training can lead to – an experience that parallels success in many areas of life.